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  • shira 7 day 1
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Kilimanjaro Shira 7Bg

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Kilimanjaro Shira 7Bg
is the best non-technical seven night group trek on the Shira Trail, which starts its ascent from the western side of Mount Kilimanjaro in the northeast region of Tanzania.

Night 1 : Shira One
Night 2 : Shira Two
Night 3 : Moir Hut
Night 4 : Lava Tower
Night 5 : Karanga Valley
Night 6 : Barafu
Night 7 : Millennium

Starting high above the forest, the trail leads for two days out across the moorland of the Shira Plateau, before diverting to the little-visited Moir Hut and exploring the wilderness of the Lent Hills and then traversing below the Southern Icefields to summit from Barafu, before descending down the Mweka Trail.

The trek uses a very clever traffic avoidance technique, which joins the often busy Machame Trail several hours later than the main body of trekkers and camping in different locations. Only on the last three nights are you likely to be exposed to traffic.

Altitude acclimatisation is exceptional, with some superb acclimatisation treks in the Lent Hills and the lower Western Breach, enabling trekkers to really walk high and sleep low. The only slight downside is that the first two nights are relatively high, which leads to around 1% of trekkers giving up early on. But the vast majority of those who get past that go on to reach the summit, the success rate is an extraordinary 94%.

We operate group treks for up to 15 guests, supported by a crew of around 45 staff. These treks depart for the mountain usually every Saturday during the main seasons.

We tend to recommend it most to trekkers who are very confident about their fitness and ability to cope with the rigours of camping out on the mountain.

The main downside is that the Shira Trail does start at quite a high elevation, which means we get around 1% of trekkers drop out on the first or second days if they do not take an ALTOX Personal Oxygen System. But this is far outweighed by the altitude advantages later in the trek.

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